We got married in June 2016 and had 2 weeks off for our honeymoon. We didn’t want to travel too far, but we wanted to go somewhere special, memorable and private. After a bit of research, we found the perfect idea; we would hike the E5 trail from Obertsdorf in Germany, through the Austrian Alps, and into Northern Italy.
After the stress of the wedding, escaping into the fresh mountain air away from mirrors, makeup and wifi was exactly what we needed! It was just us, a small backpack and the mountains.
We walked an average of 10 miles a day, up and down the peaks and through the valleys. We spent the first two nights in alpine mountain huts and the latter 3 in deserted ski chalet’s. Each night we celebrated with an ice cold beer and a hearty meal of pasta or stew.
We passed through a variety of different eco-systems; from snow-covered peaks and glaciers to beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Every so often we stumbled across a quaint little village where we could stock up on some fresh croissants or pretzels.
The hairiest moment was probably on our second day as we left Kemptnerhutte and had to pass over the Mädelejoch pass. This point actually marks the border between Germany and Austria. As it was June the paths had only just opened following the winter and the peaks were still covered in deep snow.
The climb up to the pass was slow but manageable. At the top of the pass, all smiles, we posed for a photo with the peaks in the background. Then came the interesting part; getting down the other side.
We tried walking down slowly but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Kingsley was the first to take the plunge. He put his backpack on his lap, got on his bottom and slid down the slope into the distance. I was slightly more hesitant and tried walking down. After a series of unintentional stumbles, however, it wasn’t long before I was also on my bottom sliding down the mountain. When eventually I landed on the plateau at the bottom of the slope I found Kingsley basking in the sunshine and reading his kindle!
You’ll be pleased to know stayed together and on our feet for the rest of the hike.
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